How To Host A Blind Wine Tasting

This is the perfect date for wine lovers to experience several different wines at once! Enjoy a variety of tastes, compare wines, and educate your palette. Rather than your normal 8 ounce pouring, you will choose between 3 and 6 different wines and serve each in 2 ounces glasses. 

 

Pick a theme for your tasting. Common themes include:

1. Choose one wine type: Red, white, sparkling, or dessert wines.
2. Choose one wine region: For example, sample wines grown in Rioja.
3. Choose one varietal from across the world: For example, sample Chardonnay wines from different regions.
4. Choose an eco-conscious theme: Biodynamic or organic wines.

 

Our top picks for red and white wines:

Our picks for red wines:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Syrah and a Zinfandel.

Our picks for white wines:
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and a Pinot Grigio.

 

The Blind Tasting

To create the blind tasting, you will need a brown paper bag for each bottle, and blank index cards. On the index card, write the type of wine on one side, and a number on the opposite. Put each bottle of wine in a brown paper bag, and correlate numbers with index cards. Your date will try and guess each wine. If he or she needs some help, lay out the index cards with the type of wine side facing upward (hide the number!).

 

Wine Scoring

Try filling out this wine scoring card as you go along:
Epicurious Wine Tasting.

 

4 Things To Do While Tasting

SEE: Hold your glass by the stem tilting it slightly so you can appreciate it's color.
SWIRL: Swirling the wine gently aerates the wine unlocking it's aromas.
SMELL: Stick your nose well into the glass to awaken your tastebuds.
SIP: Take a sip of wine and allow it to roll over your tongue and rest briefly in your mouth before swallowing.


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